Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building
Tuesday 9 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
LOIS WOODS 94 MOLD 26.10.18 10am
PHILIP NEAL DAVIES 41 MOLD 6.11.18 10.30am
ELAINE SHARON KEYS 58 SHOTTON 6.11.18 11.30am
GEORGE ARNOLD BITHELL 28 CONNAHS QUAY 11.8.18 12.15pm
MARGARET TURLEY 81 HOLYWELL HOSPITAL 8.11.18 2pm
HAROLD EVANS 88 WREXHAM MAELOR 16.11.18 2.45pm
NORMAN WOOSNAM 81 FLINT 10.11.18 3.30pm
Wednesday 10 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ARTHUR PRICE HUGHES
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
81 GLAN CLWYD 24.10.14 10am
CATHERINE LISA JONES
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
35 WREXHAM MAELOR 10.11.16 2pm
Thursday 11 April 2019

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOSIE MARY HUGHES 84 COLWYN BAY HOSPITAL 3.10.18 10am
CYRIL DONALD BOOKBINDER 89 GLAN CLWYD 7.11.18 10.30am
MIRIAM MARIE JONES 44 GLAN CLWYD 30.10.18 11.15am
KAREN COLLEEN NECEK 65 ABERGELE 31.10.18 12.15pm
LUKE CHRISTOPHER LINEGAR 23 COLWYN BAY 4.11.18 2pm
THOMAS DEREK HUGHES 89 GLAN CLWYD 17.11.18 2.45pm
Friday 12 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
KATHLEEN SMITH 84 HOLYWELL 12.5.18 10am
Tuesday 16 April 2019

The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
EUNICE CURBISHLEY 81 WREXHAM MAELOR 1.11.18 10am
RUSSELL IAN PHILLIPS 53 WREXHAM 11.7.18 10.45am
DOROTHY ROBERTS 88 WREXHAM 27.7.18 11.30am
COLIN HEATH 61 WREXHAM 19.6.18 12.15pm
ALISON JANE EDWARDS 41 WREXHAM MAELOR 18.11.18 2pm
BRENDA NORTHALL 81 WREXHAM 4.12.18 3.15pm
JOHN ERNEST STACE 85 WREXHAM 16.4.18 4pm
Wednesday 17 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SHEILA PARKINSON 80 WREXJAM MAELOR 17.9.17 10am
Thursday 18 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JAMES WILKINSON 82 GLAN CLWYD 14.11.18 10am
OLIVE MARY MANTON 90 GLAN CLWYD 14.11.18 10.30am
EDITH JONES THOMAS 85 WREXHAM MAELOR 14.11.18 11.15am
PETER JOHN SMITH 80 GLAN CLWYD 13.11.18 12 noon
ARTHUR WHITE 76 WREXHAM MAELOR 8.11.18 1.30pm
JACQUELINE TITTERTON 78 ST ASAPH 13.11.18 3pm
JOSEPH HOWARD TITTERTON 80 ST ASAPH 13.11.18 3pm
Wednesday 24 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
IDRIS JONES 91 WREXHAM MAELOR 19.11.18 10am
HOWARD CHARLES
WILLIAMSON
71 GLAN CLWYD 17.11.18 10.30am
MAUREEN BERYL FOX 80 GLAN CLWYD 16.11.18 11.45am
DARREN PAUL BYRNE 43 WREXHAM MAELOR 8.9.18 12.15pm
HANNAH ESTHER BROWNSON 82 GLAN CLWYD 1.9.18 2pm
JOHN ARTHUR BIRKENHEAD 51 HAWARDEN 7.9.18 3pm
Thursday 25 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOHN BERWYN OWEN 60 ST ASAPH 27.2.18 10am
Friday 26 April 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
FREDA EILEEN DUCKERS 79 WREXHAM 9.10.18 10am

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047